College/work-readiness in high school

Learn & Earn (formerly the In-School Youth Program) | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Work Teen Young Adult

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High school juniors and seniors in the Learn & Earn (formerly the In-School Youth Program) program will receive assistance in career exploration, college readiness, and high school graduation.

  • Must have a Social Security Number
  • Must be able to work legally in US
  • Enroll between September 1 - 30


You may be eligible if you can answer yes to these questions:

  • Are you between 16 – 21 years old?
  • Are you a NYC high school junior or senior?
  • Do you meet one of these requirements?
    • Do you receive cash assistance or SNAP, or are you a member of a household that receives cash assistance or SNAP?
    • Are you homeless?
    • Are you a foster care youth?
    • If you do not meet one of these requirements, ISY will look at your income to see if you are eligible. You can use ACCESS NYC to screen and see if you may qualify.

What will I need to apply?

To apply for Learn & Earn, you will need to prove he following:

  • Your identity and date of birth
  • Where you live
  • Your family’s income



  • Visit the Learn & Earn page on DYCD’s website to learn more.
  • Visit the Discover DYCD website to learn more about all of the programs Learn & Earn offers.
  • Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 for more information on Learn & Earn.

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Updated March 31, 2020